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      Walter Matthau

      Walter Matthau

      Highest Rated: 100% The Stingiest Man in Town (1978)

      Lowest Rated: 9% The Survivors (1983)

      Birthday: Oct 1, 1920

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Specializing in playing curmudgeonly cranks, actor Walter Matthau parlayed his rumpled, hangdog features into a long career in film and on television. Matthau started on the stage and enjoyed lasting success on Broadway, before making the transition to villainous supporting roles in films like "King Creole" (1958) and "Charade" (1963). Following more supporting roles in the comedy sequel "Ensign Pulver" (1964) and the tense political thriller "Fail-Safe" (1964), Matthau partnered for the first time with Jack Lemmon in Billy Wilder's caustic comedy, "The Fortune Cookie" (1966). The pair would go on to star opposite each other in their most famous partnership, "The Odd Couple" (1968), while Matthau branched off as the lead in a number of classic crime thrillers, including "Charlie Varrick" (1973) and "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" (1974). He forged another successful, albeit brief partnership with George Burns for "The Sunshine Boys" (1975) and delivered his most popular performance as the beer-swilling manager of a misfit Little League baseball team in "The Bad News Bears" (1976). Matthau reunited with Lemmon for the surprisingly successful "Grumpy Old Men" (1993), which spawned the sequel "Grumpier Old Men" (1995) and the unrelated "Out to Sea" (1997). Matthau left behind a last legacy that included numerous hit comedies, surprisingly well-acted thrillers, and one of the greatest onscreen partnerships in cinema history.

      Highest rated movies

      Mirage
      The Taking of Pelham One Two Three The Odd Couple The Bad News Bears
      The Fortune Cookie
      King Creole
      A New Leaf
      Charade

      Photos

      CASEY'S SHADOW, Walter Matthau, 1978, (c) Columbia HOUSE CALLS, from left: Glenda Jackson, Walter Matthau, 1978, © Universal BIGGER THAN LIFE, from left: Walter Matthau, Barbara Rush, James Mason, 1956, TM & Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. CHARADE, Walter Matthau, Audrey Hepburn, 1963 THE BAD NEWS BEARS, Walter Matthau, 1976 A GUIDE FOR THE MARRIED MAN, Walter Matthau, Inger Stevens, 1967, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE, Julius Harris, Walter Matthau, 1974 CASEY'S SHADOW, Walter Matthau, Andrew Rubin, 1978, (c) Columbia FORTUNE COOKIE, Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Ned Glass, 1966 CHARLEY VARRICK, Andrew Robinson, Walter Matthau, 1973 THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE, Walter Matthau, 1974 THE ODD COUPLE, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler, Jack Lemmon, Herbert Edelman, David Sheiner, 1968. THE ODD COUPLE, Jack Lemmon, Walter Mattheau, 1968 CACTUS FLOWER, Ingrid Bergman, Walter Matthau, 1969 KOTCH, Walter Matthau, 1971 CACTUS FLOWER, Goldie Hawn, Walter Matthau, 1969 ODD COUPLE, THE, Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, 1968 KING CREOLE, Elvis Presley, Walter Matthau, Carolyn Jones, 1958 THE FRONT PAGE, Walter Matthau, 1974 KOTCH, from left: Walter Matthau, Deborah Winters, 1971

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      12% 34% Hanging Up Lou (Character) $36.0M 2000
      97% 81% The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg Self $1.7M 1999
      No Score Yet 43% The Marriage Fool Frank Walsh (Character) - 1998
      27% 56% Neil Simon's The Odd Couple II Oscar Madision (Character) $18.9M 1998
      36% 52% Out to Sea Charlie Gordon (Character) $28.0M 1997
      38% 60% I'm Not Rappaport Nat Moyer (Character) $266.2K 1996
      50% 93% The Grass Harp Judge Charlie Cool (Character) $511.6K 1995
      21% 63% Grumpier Old Men Max Goldman (Character) $70.5M 1995
      No Score Yet 43% Incident in a Small Town Harmon Cobb (Character) - 1994
      45% 47% I.Q. Albert Einstein (Character) $25.2M 1994
      65% 74% Grumpy Old Men Max Goldman (Character) $69.3M 1993
      27% 38% Dennis the Menace Mr. George Wilson (Character) $50.2M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore Harmon Cobb (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love Clifford Pepperman (Character) - 1991
      84% 88% JFK Senator Long (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 64% The Incident Harmon Cobb (Character) - 1990
      33% 45% The Couch Trip Donald Becker (Character) $9.9M 1988
      No Score Yet 82% The Little Devil Maurice (Character) - 1988
      27% 51% Pirates Captain Thomas Bartholomew Red (Character) $1.6M 1986
      No Score Yet 26% Movers and Shakers Joel Mulholland (Character) - 1985
      9% 44% The Survivors Sonny Paluso (Character) - 1983
      80% 43% I Ought to Be in Pictures Herbert Tucker (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 45% First Monday in October Dan Snow (Character) - 1981
      65% 43% Buddy Buddy Trabucco (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 52% Little Miss Marker Sorrowful Jones (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 1980
      81% 78% Hopscotch Miles Kendig (Character) - 1980
      33% 48% House Calls Dr. Charley Nichols (Character) - 1978
      80% 72% Casey's Shadow Lloyd Bourdelle (Character) - 1978
      50% 46% California Suite Marvin Michaels (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Funny Business Narrator - 1978
      100% 59% The Stingiest Man in Town Unknown (Voice) - 1978
      97% 80% The Bad News Bears Coach Morris Buttermaker (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jack Lemmon - A Twist of Lemmon Self - 1976
      71% 72% The Sunshine Boys Willy Clark (Character) - 1975
      44% 36% Earthquake Drunk (Character) - 1974
      58% 74% The Front Page Walter Burns (Character) - 1974
      98% 88% The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Lt. Zachary Garber (Character) - 1974
      56% 48% The Laughing Policeman Sgt. Jake Martin SFPD (Character) - 1973
      82% 83% Charley Varrick Charley Varrick (Character) - 1973
      67% 72% Pete 'n' Tillie Pete (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Awake and Sing! Unknown (Character) - 1972
      94% 83% A New Leaf Henry Graham (Character) - 1971
      67% 56% Plaza Suite Roy Hubley/Jesse Kiplinger/Sam Nash (Character) - 1971
      75% 68% Kotch Joseph P. Kotcher (Character) - 1971
      45% 76% Hello, Dolly! Horace Vandergelder (Character) - 1969
      85% 81% Cactus Flower Dr. Julian Winston (Character) - 1969
      98% 89% The Odd Couple Oscar Madison (Character) - 1968
      36% 48% Candy Gen. R.A. Smight (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 33% The Secret Life of an American Wife The Movie Star (Character) - 1968
      44% 70% A Guide for the Married Man Paul Manning (Character) - 1967
      96% 79% The Fortune Cookie Willie Gingrich (Character) - 1966
      100% 74% Mirage Ted Caselle (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 47% Ensign Pulver Doc (Character) - 1964
      93% 91% Fail-Safe Prof. Groeteschele (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Island of Love Tony Dallas (Character) - 1963
      94% 92% Charade H. Bartholemew (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet 43% Who's Got the Action? Tony Gagouts (Character) - 1962
      93% 84% Lonely Are the Brave Sheriff Morey Johnson (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 37% Gangster Story Jack Martin (Character),
      Director
      - 1960
      60% 55% Strangers When We Meet Felix Anders (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 50% Ride a Crooked Trail Judge Kyle (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 41% Onionhead "Red" Wildoe (Character) - 1958
      96% 83% King Creole Maxie Fields (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Voice in the Mirror Dr. Leon Karnes (Character) - 1958
      88% 94% A Face in the Crowd Mel Miller (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 43% Slaughter on Tenth Avenue Al Dahlke (Character) - 1957
      91% 84% Bigger Than Life Wally Gibbs (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 37% The Indian Fighter Wes Todd (Character) - 1955
      14% 42% The Kentuckian Stan Bodine (Character) - 1955

      TV

      Credit
      45% No Score Yet The Academy Awards Host 1983
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Host 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Off. Pete Chandler (Character) 1958-1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour George Barry (Character) 1956-1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Gordon Wagner (Character) 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1953